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Science Directorate
February 2009

Science Policy Insider News (February 2009)

Scientific Research Funding Gets Significant Boost in Economic Stimulus Legislation

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Congress has delivered to President Barack Obama a hard-fought legislative package including tax cuts and targeted spending designed to boost the flagging economy.

NSF Announces Search for New Assistant Director for Biological Sciences

On February 18, NSF Director Dr. Arden Bement announced the search for a new Assistant Director (AD) for the Biological Sciences Directorate, a position in which Dr. James Collins has served since October of 2005.

NIH Strategic Management Review Board to Discuss Potential Institute Mergers

On February 4-5, 2009, the NIDA and NIAAA are scheduled to meet. Part of that time will be used to discuss whether or not to consider a possible merger of these two organizations.

Science GRO Monitors National Academy Committee on Human-Systems Integration

The National Academy Committee on Human-Systems Integration will be inform APA's congressional advocacy on behalf of psychological research within the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2010.

Institutes Debate How to Spend Stimulus Funds

As NIMH, along with the rest of NIH, needs to use the stimulus funds within two years, some funds will likely go to projects that were determined to be scientifically meritorious during the last round of peer review.

RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research – Call for Application

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a call for applications for its Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program, which is designed to support scholars from a range of fields who have innovative projects that can enhance policy to improve health or health care in the U.S.